Matrix metalloproteinase-2 and −9 contribute to functional integrity and noise-induced damage to the blood-labyrinth-barrier

The cochlear blood-labyrinth barrier (BLB), located in the stria vascularis, is critical for the homeostasis of cochlear solutes and ion transport. Significant disruption to the BLB occurs early during noise‑induced hearing loss. Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)‑2 and ‑9 are important molecules known to be capable of degrading tight junction (TJ) proteins… CONTINUE READING